Shoulder workshop for the Scottish Rugby Union by Tim Stevenson

Education course Overview




[Wednesdays 19:30-20:30 BST]


START DATE: 7 September 2022

COST: Early Bird £897 [SAVE £100] - Offer ends 30 June 2022.


8 modules. 1 Hour Lecture [on demand] + 1 hour LIVE Coaches Lab.

Lectures will be available to watch on demand and the coaches labs that are appropriate, will be recorded and made available within two days after the live session to watch on demand. 

Dynamic Shoulder Conditioning workshop

Course Overview

MODULE 1: The fundamentals of High Performing Shoulders


  • Tim will present the current evidence around injury rates and look at the demands the modern strength and conditioning environment and coaching practices place on the shoulder.

  • You'll also understand the philosophy and principles behind Dynamic Shoulder Conditioning.

Coaches Lab:

  • Case study - The CrossFit Open Workout 21.1

MODULE 2: The Kinematics of High Performing Shoulders


  • You'll learn about how the static and dynamic stabilisation systems work together to facilitate such large range of motion at the shoulder.

  • You'll also understand why the dynamic stabilisers are so important in laying the foundations for the expression of strength, speed and power through the upper limb.

Coaches Lab:

  • Functional Anatomy Session 1 - Static stability and the musculature affecting scapulothoracic motion.

MODULE 3: The Kinetics of High Performing Shoulders


  • You'll learn the principles of the two primary force couples, enabling you to simplify the complexity of the shoulder and create targeted training interventions that improve performance.

  • We'll look at the issues and potential contributors to sub-optimal movement of the shoulder.

Coaches Lab:

  • Functional Anatomy Session 2 - Force couples and the consequences of sub-optimal movement.

MODULE 4: Screening, Assessing + Analysing High Performing Shoulders


  • This will be a blended practical and theory session designed to give coaches the tools to conduct movement assessments for the shoulder and improve their ability to identity sub-optimal patterns.

  • Tim will also share eight sub-optimal movement archetypes that are commonly seen in shoulder movement assessments and provide an overview of the training strategies that might be required to correct them.

Coaches Lab:

  • Case Study Analysis - real world shoulder screening examples and opportunity for coaches to be screened and screen each other.

Shoulder screening by Tim Stevenson
Tim Stevenson presentation on Shoulder Stability

MODULE 5: The Kinetic Chain + High Performing Shoulders


  • You'll gain a greater understanding of the kinetic chain principles including the fascial system and breathing mechanics.

  • Tim will also discuss motor behaviour and why you need to create a training environment for the shoulder that challenges movement options and appropriate loads.

Coaches Lab:

  • Practical session - alongside the other coaches, you'll go through a range of drills, exercises and movements that will explore the kinetic chain’s influence on upper body performance.

MODULE 6: Scaling Dynamic Shoulder Stability


  • You'll increase your knowledge of the tools you can use to provide progressive overload in a way that scales dynamic stability.This is the key to creating the foundations for increased strength, speed and power.

Coaches Lab:

  • Practical session - Tim will coach you through a range of scalable dynamic stability exercises.

MODULE 7: Programming + Exercise Selection


  • Tim will discuss some of the considerations around programme design for the upper body.

Coaches Lab:

  • You'll take live case studies and work through the full process from screening and assessment to programme design.

MODULE 8: Summary + Next Steps


  • This session will be directed by the group’s needs and as such Tim will design it based on the areas that coaches would like to review or need more clarity/information around.

Coaches Lab:

  • A final opportunity to engage in a question-and-answer session


Put all that you've learnt to the test and get a Dynamic Shoulder Conditioning certificate.

High Performing Shoulders Workshop

Ready to build bombproof shoulders?

Learn all you need to know about the functional anatomy of the shoulder to apply in your coaching practice.


Get the tools you need and develop your coaching eye so you can effectively assess the shoulder.


Simplify the complexity of the shoulder and create targeted training interventions that improve performance.